Senators slam ‘unsolicited advice’ to justice chief

raul.jpg(via Inquirer) MANILA — Two senators on Sunday chided Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez over his unsolicited advice to Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban to shun social gatherings if only to avoid contact with powers that-be who could otherwise influence the Supreme Court’s ruling on pending cases.

Both Sen. Richard Gordon and Sen. Ramon Magsaysay sounded upset by Gonzalez’s “lecture” to Panganiban, the leader of judiciary who they said should be regarded in high esteem. They called Gonzalez’s advice “out of line” and “uncalled for.”

“It’s out of line. It’s as if he’s saying that Supreme Court justices are party-lovers and media hogs. It’s totally unacceptable. The justices are people like us; they have social obligations. How dare he lecture to the Chief Justice like that?” Gordon said.

Gonzalez, he added, was the “wrong man” to lecture Panganiban. “He is the last man, I think, who should lecture the Chief Justice. Nobody should lecture the Chief Justice,” he said.

Magsaysay said: “That’s uncalled for. The Chief Justice is just airing his own point of view and he is just as human as the next fellow.”

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